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The Sesame Dance Club started in June 1961 with ten people who each invited several others to dance. The Sesame Dance Club was a singles only club for 30 and 40 year olds. The word of the Sesame Dance Club spread rapidly and by March of 1970 there were 371 members. The men all wore ties with sport jackets.

We have seen a lot of changes over the years. Everyone must have enjoyed each other's company because while in the beginning, only single people came to the dances, before long, married people were also dancing. Where did they come from? Hint: as it was a love of dance that drew these couples together in the first place, dancing is just too much fun to limit it to the singles life. Singles, marrieds as well as a lively blending of young and old continue to dance at the Sesame Dance Club.

The first dances were held at NE 17th and Alberta from 1961 to 1964, then shifted to the Tiffany Center at NW 14th and Morrison. After a temporary stay at the Sellwood Masonic Temple, a new home for the dance club was found in 1974 at the Norse Hall at 111 NE 11th - a block north of Burnside at Couch. The Sesame Dances continue at Norse Hall. The Sesame Dance Club could be one of the longest running tenants of Norse Hall.

Today, the Sesame Dance Club welcomes all dancers, experienced and beginners, for an evening of dancing and fun from teens to 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, and 70's and beyond as well as singles and couples. The Sesame Dance Club members welcome the public to the dances.

The Sesame Dance Club is a not-for-profit organization, run by volunteers that love to dance. Our Mission is to see the art of ballroom dancing flourish in the Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington areas. We welcome singles or couples, beginning levels to more advanced dancers to enjoy the experience of ballroom dancing at our club. The club has started offering recorded music to attract the more traditional ballroom dancers, and once a quarter offering live music by various bands in our community.

If you enjoy the club and would like to volunteer time to the club, please talk to any one at the front desk or talk to one of the officers. The health of the club depends on it.




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Copyright 2014, Sesame Dance Club is a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization that promotes a positive environment for social dancing and music in the Portland Oregon area as well as throughout the states of Oregon and Washington with dances on the first and third Friday starting at 7:30 PM.